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How to Be Discovered As a Singer (Teens)
Perhaps you've been thinking about taking your singing outside of the shower, and into the world. If your main goal is to be discovered as a singer, read on to find out just what it takes to make it.
Defining Your Goals
Understand what a professional singer actually does.A lot of people who want to be discovered as a singer really mean that they want to be discovered as a super star. But there's a difference, and a timeline, between the two. Think about this:
- A professional singer is someone with substantial experience and usually musical education under her or his belt.
- A professional singer is someone who sings and performs on a very regular basis, from 1 to 5 times a week and several hours per night. Her or his success can remain local or go global.
- A super star might come out of a great singer, but that person didn't necessarily have to be a professional singer previously.
- A super star usually achieves international and sometimes global success.
Dig deep and find out why you want to be a singer.Much like any other career path, passion is key in paving your road to success. But if that passion is based solely on the desire for money and fame, your career (and happiness) might be short lived. Try to think about the following questions:
- What do you get out of singing?
- Where/what venues are your favorite performance sites?
- In what particular field do you want to earn respect and appreciation?
- Do you enjoy large or small audiences?
- Is recognition of your talent more important to you than the actual performing?
Don't base your goals on other people's ideas.Maybe your parents want you to be the next Pavarotti and insanely wealthy. Always ask yourself if that is also what you truly want.
Be realistic about how much time you can devote to your goal.As in most other professions, lots of practice is absolutely necessary. Not just for the quality of tone, but also for your own comfort level.
- Make it a goal to practice at least a few times a week, and ideally everyday.
- Hold yourself accountable by entering your planned practice times in a calendar or planner.
Refining Your Skills
Be patient.Remember the saying, all good things come to those who wait? As in many other aspects of life, being patient can make a big difference in the final outcome. Don't rush things. And take time to refine your skills.
Find a comfortable and quiet place to practice.Practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more. As previously mentioned, allot some time on a daily or weekly basis to polish your talent. Here are some suggestions on where you might want to practice:
- Find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed for your entire practice.
- Bathrooms, stairwells, and hallway can provide great acoustics.
- Sing in your car on your way to work, shopping, or any destination.
- If you need any instruments or tools to accompany your practice, make sure to leave them set up for the next time.
Figure out what time works best for your practice.Are you a morning person? Or do you prefer to work late into the night? Understanding your internal clock and lifestyle can make a big difference in how effective and satisfying your singing practice will be. Any time is a good time as long as it fits your lifestyle. Some things to consider might be:
- Is your home very crowded/loud during the day?
- Do you entertain guests at night on a regular basis?
- Do you have commitments during certain hours that might derail your practice?
- Try to practice for at least 15 to 60 minutes at a time.
Mediate on a regular basis.Research has shown that consistent and mindful awareness can help you reap benefits in many situations and for many objectives. Going to a guided mediation session can be very useful at first, especially if you have little to no experience with this practice.
Consider private singing lessons, or enrolling in a formal training program.While some singers achieve great success without ever taking lessons, it certainly never hurts and can only improve your skills. Plus, you might meet important people in the industry.
Exposing Your Talent
Be humble.At an early stage, you can't afford to say no to any offer. Yes, even if it's singing a children's birthday party or at your school event. Remember, these are all great opportunities to practice your singing and to become very comfortable on stage.
Consider auditioning for local bands.There are many appeals to not starting off solo, one of which is the camaraderie and networking opportunities you might get from joining forces with other like-minded musicians.
Know where the action is.You won't need to move right away, but you do eventually want to put yourself in the right field of vision. In other words, stay on top of where music is produced and where people tend to be discovered. This might also depend on your chosen music field. For example:
- Nashville is the place to be if you're aiming to be in the country music industry.
- Los Angeles or New York are general centers for music and entertainment.
Use social media.If you're like most teens today, you're probably very comfortable using social media to communicate with peers and friends. Take it to the next level by applying your tech know-how to promote yourself and your music
- Create a Business Facebook Page to keep people and potential fans posted on what you've been doing, and where you'll be performing next.
- Ask people to 'like' you on your Facebook Page (yes, even if it's super uncomfortable for you).
- Keep your Facebook Page up-to-date. This is very important, and something that a lot of people neglect.
- Link your new Facebook Page to your Twitter account for additional exposure.
Print out fliers and ask appropriate locations to post them in their lobby.Appropriate spaces might be bars, clubs, and/or restaurants, to only name a few. You could also post your fliers in coffee shops, and anywhere that will allow you to.
Record music on your own.You shouldn't have to wait until a record label signs you in order to get your music heard. At this stage, you need to find a music studio that will engineer your music with you. There are, most likely, many options out there. Focus on finding a studio with affordable rates. Keep some of the following things in mind:
- Visit as many studios as you can.
- Inquire about who exactly will be working with you on your recording.
- Research the studio to get a feel of other artists' experiences.
- Though the cost matters, it's crucial that the studio of your choice has the newest technology.
- Check that their technology actually works.
- Try singing in their recording booth to get a sense of the acoustics.
Decide exactly what song(s) you want to record.Most studios record 2 hours a session, and they're usually not cheap, so make sure you know what piece(s) you want out first. Keep in mind that most labels only listen from 20 to 30 seconds of what you submit, so you need to record the absolutely best song(s) you have.
Sign up to offer your music on iTunes.Once you've gotten your music recorded, consider selling it on iTunes. It can be an excellent way to get your music out faster, and see how people like it. It's free to sign up, though additional terms of sale apply for any music you sell directly through it. Here are some pointers:
- Have your Universal Product Code (UPC) and International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) at hand.
- Have your tax I.D. ready. It's required for the verification process through iTunes.
Don't give up.Even if you don't achieve the success you want after multiple attempts, keep trying. Remember, nothing worthwhile comes quickly or easily.
QuestionI want to start posting covers on YouTube, but I'm scared that friends from school will notice and make fun of me. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you truly are passionate about singing, then you should definitely go for it! Your friends might not even notice, and if they do, then just explain to them how much you enjoy singing. True friends wouldn't make fun of you, anyway.Thanks!
QuestionShould I worry about copyrights with my music?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your music is good and you plan on trying to make money off of it, yes. If you do not have it copyrighted, someone can take it and use it for whatever they want. They may even make lots of money off of your music while you won't earn a cent.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if my parents don't agree with me becoming a singer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure you are very prepared, very sure about your decision, and have the passion to withstand the hardships of what you'll have to face to become a singer. If you are sure of that, then try to persuade them or show them the talents you have that you want to take to a professional level. If they still do not agree, you'll have to make your own choice between continuing to chase after your dreams or listening to your parents.Thanks!
QuestionI love to sing, but I don't know how to put myself out there. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry social media! Use Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Make videos of yourself while singing and post them. Also, enter local singing contests or TV-programs, if you have the opportunity.Thanks!
QuestionCould I get famous singing on YouTube?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTheoretically, yes. The key is to have a channel that you post to regularly. If someone discovers you, it's important for them to have a wide variety of content. (It also raises the chances of more people seeing your videos.)Thanks!
QuestionDo you have any advice on writing songs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry going to a quiet, peaceful or personal/happy place. Begin by humming a tune, and after you get the tune down, come up with some lyrics. Be sure it has a good rhythm. Write down the lyrics.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I have stage fright and just want to record songs, but can't afford it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDo what Matpat did for Game Theory back when he was starting it. Due to a lack of resources, he did his audio in the quietest room in his house (the closet in his case), and with his best mike (a laptop) When he started making enough money from YouTube, he was able to get better supplies. Currently he has 2 successful channels. Start small and build yourself up.Thanks!
QuestionWhere can I sell my music in India?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStart small by passing your music out locally. Then, you can begin to network and find people that can help you sell your music on a bigger scale.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get over my stage fright?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't panic! Always stay calm and breathe in and out slowly. Breathe in for 3 seconds, then out for 3 seconds. Keep saying to yourself "I'm going be fine" repeatedly. Also, it helps to think about other things before the big moment in order to not over-stress, so maybe distract yourself by thinking about what you're going to eat later, or a TV show.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I become a singer if I'm from a middle-class family from India?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your parents are okay with it, you could post videos online to places like YouTube or SoundCloud. Numerous famous singers (such as Justin Beiber) have gotten their start on social media like that. You could also consider seeking out a voice/singing teacher who will help you further improve at singing.Thanks!
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- Practice makes perfect! Perfection is one of the main things to get realized!
- Love what you are doing.
- Try to learn how to play an instrument if you don't already.
- Have fun! The purpose of singing is to be proud and feel great.
- Learn from other singers. Learn how they stretch and stress sounds.
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